Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) starts receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update

It looks like the A3 will be the first Galaxy A 2016 series smartphones to receive the long-awaited Android 7.0 Nougat update. Although we had reports about the upcoming release of the update, Samsung usually offers large time frames that are subject to change.

Well, it turns out that many Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) users in Germany and Hungary confirmed they have successfully captured the update on their smartphones.

As such, it looks like the update will first be pushed to the majority of users in Europe, but Galaxy A3 (2016) owners in other regions should expect it in the coming …


IDC sees smartphone shipments growing this year after a slump in 2016


Last year was the worst ever for global smartphone shipments as handset deliveries rose only 2.5% for 2016. According to analytical firm IDC, business will start returning to growth  mode as the number of shipments should rise by 3% this year. That amounts to 1.52 billion units forecast by IDC to be delivered this year. And for 2018, the increase in shipments will reach 4.5%. IDC says that improved economic conditions in emerging markets will partially be responsible for a 50% hike in growth. Another reason will be the extreme popularity of  the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone that …

The Galaxy A8 (2016) could be the next Samsung phone to get the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Samsung has already refreshed its Galaxy A series with new smartphones, but some of the older models will continue to be supported for at least one more year.

One of the most powerful Galaxy A series handset, the Galaxy A8 (2016) is likely to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat very soon. Unveiled back in September, the smartphone made its debut on the market one month later with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on board.

Now, it looks like Samsung has started testing Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy A8 (2016). A unit running the new version of the OS has been recently listed at GFXBench, …

Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford is bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support to its 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 and adding that support will be as simple as downloading a piece of software from owner.ford.com and installing it with a USB drive (you can also get the update over the air if your vehicle supports Wi-Fi, or take the car to a dealership). The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.
Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined …

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) vs. Galaxy J7 (2016) specs comparison leaks

Although Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) has already been released in the US under different names, the standard model has yet to be officially introduced. Rumor has it, Samsung plans to announce the Galaxy J7 (2017) sometime in June, along with another mid-range Android smartphone, the Galaxy J5 (2017).

Since we’ve already reported about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) not long ago, let’s take a look at what its bigger brother has to offer concerning specs.

Keep in mind that the following information is based on a comparison chart that shows the alleged specs …

HMD to support Nokia phones manufactured after December 1, 2016 only

Soon after Microsoft offered to sell its ex-Nokia mobile division to the Finnish company HDM Global, it outsourced support for its feature phones and smartphones to a company called B2X.

B2X is a global service company that provides customer care support for mobiles devices on behalf of major players in the market, including Apple and Microsoft.

However, B2X is only going to provide support for Nokia feature phones and Lumia smartphones that were built before December 1, 2016. HMD confirmed recently that it would offer support to Nokia-branded features phone …

Apple iPhones were the best selling handsets for 2016

According to British research firm IHS Markit, Apple has managed to trounce its competitors over the last calendar year. The company’s latest analysis reveals that iPhones were the most shipped handsets on a global basis during 2016. 

IHS Markit tracks quarterly shipment statistics for more than 350 smartphones, and their data puts the iPhone 6s as the best selling smartphone of 2016. The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6s Plus respectively sit at number 2, 3, and 4. The research firm attributes this to Apple’s success …

Verizon dominates RootMetrics testing for the second half of 2016

Verizon completely dominated the latest RootsMetric report, sweeping all six network categories during the second half of 2016 including reliability, data, speed, call, text and overall performance.”Based on our testing, Verizon is the undisputed leader in terms of coverage and network reliability. Indeed, Verizon’s network reliability results were the strongest among all carriers at the metro, state, and national levels in the second half of 2016.” During the most recent testing, Verizon repeated the outstanding performance that blew away rivals during the first half of last year. Part …

Huawei sold more phones in 2016, but made less money

If you live in the U.S., odds are that you are somewhat familiar with Huawei. You could have seen the company’s brand adorning some handsets at Best Buy, Target or Walmart, but might not be able to pronounce the name (which sounds like “wha-weigh”), and you might not realize that the manufacturer is the third largest producer of smartphones in the world. But Huawei vows that you will soon know much more about the company; it promises that by 2021, it will become the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide, topping Apple and Samsung.

The company appears to be making progress toward reaching …

The Apple Watch accounted for half of all smartwatches shipped in 2016


Analytics firm Canalys released a report today stating that the Apple Watch continues to have a huge share of the global smartwatch market. 6 million units were delivered during the fourth calendar quarter (Apple’s fiscal first quarter), representing a huge chunk of the 9 million smartwatches that were shipped worldwide during the three-month period. For the Apple Watch, this represented a 12% increase from the number of watches it shipped during the same quarter last year. The $2.6 billion in revenue generated by the Apple Watch from October through December, a quarterly record for the product, …